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August 1953

The Human Senses.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1953;50(2):274. doi:10.1001/archopht.1953.00920030279016

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Although written by a psychologist, this book is an excellent text on sensory physiology. The book covers the physiology of the eye and the ear, the senses of smell and taste, and the modalities of pressure, pain, and temperature. There is also a chapter on labyrinthine sensitivity.

Of particular interest to ophthalmologists is, naturally, the section dealing with the physiology of the eye. This covers eighty pages and considers the visual stimulus, the photochemical changes in the retina, the electrical responses in the retina and optic nerve, and, finally, the various qualities of vision, such as basic visual phenomena of absolute and differential thresholds, adaptation, visual acuity, contrast and interaction, and color vision.

The material is clearly written and well documented with line drawings. It is a valuable addition to the growing number of books on the physiology of the eye.

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